HR 54 and 4K

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  1. Apr 7, 2021 #1 of 27
    heelsfinl4

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    My HR 44 had a hard drive issue after 8 years and DTV sent a replacement today.it was an HR 54.
    I know I can’t directly view the 4K channels on it but could someone tell me what else I would need to view 4K and what type of installation and cost are we talking about. I’m currently speaking to direct tv and getting nowhere so I thought I would ask here. I searched the forum but can’t find an answer. Thanks in advance


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  2. Apr 7, 2021 #2 of 27
    MysteryMan

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    For 4K service you'll need a C61K-700 client and have 4K service added to your DIRECTV account.
     
  3. Apr 7, 2021 #3 of 27
    WestDC

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    First you must have a 4K ready TV --then Call-1-800 531 5000 --and ask =for a 4k service upgrade to install a reverse band LNB -that will require a service visit charge as well as $99 for a C61K to be installed on the 4K TV--with a monthly $7 charge for the C61K.

    other than that 4K programing is free --if you don't count PPV 4K

    The reason you Need a C61K is because it has a HDMI (2.0) CONNECTION as the HR54 DOES NOT (1.4) so it can NOT direct output 4k signal. It can record 4k and send it Moco (whole home) to be viewed by C61K
     
  4. Apr 7, 2021 #4 of 27
    heelsfinl4

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    Thanks for the response. So does this client just sit on top of the HR 54? Which device gets the satellite feed and HDMI cords going into it? I only have one room that needs 4K viewing. I just want to make sure I don’t need more wiring. Thanks again


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  5. Apr 7, 2021 #5 of 27
    WestDC

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    The Hr54 & the Client each require a rg6 connection --They can also be connected (hdmi) to Any Tv HDMI port on the same TV --Each will have it's own remote --That's how my setup is. When I want to watch 4K Live 4k or recorded 4K --I switch my TV input to #3 ---When watching regular HD I can either do that using the Mini on Tv input #3 or switch to Input #2 which is connected to the Hr54.

    If you only have one RG6 at the TV --the installer will split that by adding a swm 2 way splitter if needed.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2021 #6 of 27
    heelsfinl4

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    Thank you for the info. I didn’t realize that each box needed an RG6 and a seperate hdmi. That could be an issue for me since my original RG6 is hidden behind conduit. This sounds a little more complicated than I anticipated.
    I just thought the client more or less served as a decoder to enable 4K to pass through the 54. I can’t believe they couldn’t have come out with one box that does it all. Maybe I’m oversimplifying it. Thanks again


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  7. Apr 8, 2021 #7 of 27
    inkahauts

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    How many TVs do you have in total and what boxes are hooked up to all of them? You can easily put a splitter right there where the coax goes into the hr54 and a c61k. The rest of your coax being in conduit is not going to be an issue.

    But if all you have is the one tv, you might as well do a full upgrade and move to the hs17 and a c61k so you wouldn’t need to pay for a second tv connection even though it’s the same tv. Save you $7 a month.
     
  8. Apr 8, 2021 #8 of 27
    heelsfinl4

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    Thanks for the info. I have heard some not so good things about the HS 17 from multiple people so I’m not sure I want to go that route, especially for what amounts tom3 channels


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  9. Apr 8, 2021 #9 of 27
    P Smith

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    you've hear miniscule amount of info o_O
    just read here - many good feedbacks about HS17 posted here !
     
  10. Grafixguy

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    I've had an HS17 with 2 C61K minis for almost four years. I've also got a couple of wireless minis that are okay. Works flawlessly and with the recent addition of 4K hockey, I'm not going anywhere any time soon.
     
  11. MysteryMan

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    I have been using a HR54-200 since 2015 and have experienced no major issues. In 2016 I used a HS17-500 for several months and experienced no major issues. I started using a C61K-700 in 2016. It had a audio drop out issue that was corrected with a software update and has performed flawlessly since. The HR54 has a 1 TB HD. It's HDMI output is 1.4. It can be connected to a TV and will work with receivers, DVRs and clients. For 4K it needs a C61K-700 client. The HR54 works with one 4K stream at once. The HS17 has a 2 TB HD. It is a headless server and cannot be connected to a TV. It will only work with clients. For 4K it needs a C61K-700 client. The HS17 works with two 4K streams at once. Your needs will determine whether the HR54 or the HS17 is best for you. Either way it will be best to schedule a service call and have a tech setup your 4K system, swap your LNB for a Reverse Band LNB and get 4K service added to your DIRECTV account. I strongly recommend you use a wired system and not a wireless system. wired-wifi-compare.png
     
  12. P Smith

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    isn't right time to come and make same picture for "HR54 vs HS17", as you did for "Wired vs Wireless" ?!

    BTW, RB LNBF in a light of ATT careless of DTV, not a "must be set" option !
     
  13. inkahauts

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    I’ve got one and there’s zero wrong with it. Works great with three 4K clients. Again how many TVs do you have DIRECTV hooked up to?
     
  14. carl6

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    Have been using an HS17 since day 1, with no (unique to HS17) issues. It has proven to be reliable and the client devices are small and inconspicuous (compared to an HR24/34/44/54).
     
  15. jbuch

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    Is it true that the HS17 does not have Picture-in-Picture? I've used that quite a bit for sports with my current receiver.
     
  16. carl6

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    Yes, that is true. No PIP with HS17. I have only used PIP to play with, never serious use. I think if it was that important to me, I would set up a second (or third or fourth...) display with alternate channels on them. But that is just my personal take on it. For you, stick with what you have, the HS17 isn't what you are looking for.
     
  17. Bill Broderick

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    What other receivers are there in the house? Is there any reason you can't move the HR54 to a different room and put a mini in the location where the HR54 is currently located? If you don't want an HS17, this is a way of adding 4K without increasing the number of receivers you would pay for monthly.

    I don't know whether PIP is available when using a mini (although, I'd be surprised if it is).
     
  18. Grafixguy

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    It's not.
     
  19. troy33

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    I just spent about an hour of wasted time with DTV trying to upgrade from HR34 to HR54 for 4K. The rep said DTV no longer used HR54 as an upgrade only the Genie 2. For my needs, HR54 is best option. Anyone know if this is true or I just got a bad customer rep? Thanks for any/all help advice.
     
  20. WestDC

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    I suggest you call back on Monday 8am -5PM EST --Tell them you want to keep your HD receivers so a hs-17 will not work for that account setup --Hr54 will support HD and HDDVR on the same account --You will need to add a C61K-700 to the 4k TV set.

    As always --when ever you call you will a different answer to your same question depending on the CSR roulette :thumbsup:
     
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